3001 Vineyard Ln, Baltimore, MD | Directions 2121839.325218 -76.610305
FREE books! – Yes, FREE books. As many as you want, as many as you can carry! They advertise that they're open EVERY Saturday and Sunday, from 9AM - 6PM, and they mean EVERY Saturday and Sunday. That means Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year and the following week, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Nothing - not even major holidays - stops this place from giving away free books.
And nothing is required! Walk in and start looking! If your arms get too full, they even have free boxes to help take your free books home. You don't have to donate books to take them, but if you have some, drop them off with the volunteers when they're open or in the bins in front of the building any other time.
Yes, it's HOT in there in the summer and COLD in there in the winter but a little bit of sweat or a little bit of chill has never stopped the masses that come every weekend for the books.
I don't know how it's possible that the shelves continue to be full week after week, but between the donors donating and the volunteers volunteering, they are. And it's a wonderful thing, a Book Thing.
For Bibliophiles on a Budget – The Book Thing is based on a radical concept - that everyone should have access to good books no matter how little money they have. The first time I went in I was impressed with the selection of books and how they were arranged by topic/area of interest. When I selected 4 books, I looked around for the checkout area like in a book store, but instead found a clipboard where you just write down how many books you've taken and write a comment if desired. As an old hippie, I love this way of making a resource available to all.
Excellent place to get free books! – Go here if you want free books. I've been here a lot and it has a lot of free books. This is run by a non-profit who believes that everyone should be able to get free books. The only catch is the owner of the non-profit wants people who take books to donate books so others can read them.
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